Integrated care systems: guidance

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These documents set out the headlines for how we will ask NHS leaders and organisations to operate with their partners in integrated care systems from July 2022 and guidance in respect of what the employment commitment is, its application in practice and how it affects people.

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The Department of Health and Social Care has issued statutory guidance to support integrated care partnerships produce integrated care strategies. This will set the direction for how a system should work together to improve the health and wellbeing of local populations through collaboration, joint working and integration. The Department of Health and Social Care has worked closely with NHS England and the Local Government Association to develop this document.

Published 29 July 2022.

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This document, co-produced by Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and the Local Government Association, sets out a series of principles to guide how integrated care partnerships engage with adult social care providers. It recognises the importance of the sector as a strategic partner in the health and care system.

Published 29 July 2022.

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This guidance sets out the steps for integrated care boards to apply to NHS England for approval to amend their constitutions.

Published 12 July 2022.

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This guidance for clinical commissioning groups on preparing integrated care board constitutions is issued by NHS England and NHS Improvement following approval of the Health and Care Act 2022.  It sets out the relevant requirements of that Act and NHS England policy, in line with preparatory guidance published first in summer 2021 and refined during the passage of the legislation, developed with partners and integrated care boards.

Published 13 May 2022.

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This annex, to the guidance for clinical commissioning groups on preparing integrated care board constitutions, presents the model constitution for integrated care boards.  It is has been produced to help ensure that integrated care board constitutions comply with legal and policy requirements, including appropriate local flexibility.

Published 13 May 2022.

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Published September 2021.

This co-produced NHS England and NHS Improvement and Local Government Association document supports all partner organisations in integrated care systems to collectively define their place-based partnership working, and to consider how they will evolve to support the transition to the new statutory integrated care board arrangements, anticipated from April 2022.

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Published September 2021.

The Integrated care system design framework sets the expectation that partners in an integrated care system should agree how to listen consistently to, and collectively act on, the experience and aspirations of local people and communities. This guidance sets out 10 principles for how integrated care boards can develop their approaches to working with people and communities, and the expectations.

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Published September 2021.

This guidance supports the development of distributed clinical and care professional leadership across integrated care systems. It describes ‘what good looks like’ in this regard, based on an extensive engagement exercise involving over 2,000 clinical and care professional leaders from across the country, led by a multi-professional steering group.

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Published September 2021.

This guidance provides more detail on how to embed voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector partnerships in integrated care systems, for health and care leaders from all organisations in integrated care systems that are developing partnerships across local government, health, housing, social care and the VCSE sector. The Integrated care system design framework sets the expectation that integrated care board governance and decision-making arrangements support close working with the VCSE sector as a strategic partner in shaping, improving and delivering services, and developing and delivering plans to tackle the wider determinants of health.

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Published August 2021 and updated March 2022.

The Human resources framework provides national policy ambition and practical support for NHS organisations affected by the proposed legislative changes as they develop and transition towards the new statutory integrated care boards.

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Published August 2021.

This guidance builds on the priorities set out in the People Plan. It is intended to help NHS system leaders and their partners support their ‘one workforce’ by delivering key outcome-based people functions from April 2022.

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Published 10 August 2021.

The Integrated care system design framework set an expectation that provider collaboratives will be a key component in enabling integrated care systems to deliver their core purpose. This guidance outlines minimum expectations for how providers should work together in provider collaboratives, offering principles to support local decision-making and suggesting the function and form that systems and providers may wish to consider.

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Published 16 June 2021.